Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Great Organ Transcription of Liszt’s Les Préludes

“Thanks a lot for this great organ transcription of Liszt’s Les Préludes, which I couldn’t find anywhere else. Print quality is fantastic and I received it unexpectedly fast. I’m afraid it’s not the last time I will order something in … Continue reading

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Oh, the Bells, Bells, Bells, Bells, Bells

Oh, the Bells, Bells, Bells, Bells, Bells Listen to Reginald Dixon on the Blackpool Tower Ballroom play this beautiful Ketèlbey music as arranged by Gatty Sellars. There are a lot of organists who have access to chimes on their organs … Continue reading

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Richard and Betty Peek Tribute by John Apple

RICHARD AND BETTY PEEK TRIBUTE by John Apple Historian of Charlotte Chapter of the American Guild of Organists When I was in graduate school (1978-81) at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, I met Michael Johnston, a graduate church music major. … Continue reading

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Richard Peek Biography Added

I have added the capsule biography of Richard M Peek to the Biographies Page. I published A Festive March (Marche en Rondeau) back in 2010. I thought it would be really useful in services because he used to play it … Continue reading

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Sorabji’s Second Symphony in Iowa

8-hour Concert to Inaugurate Voxman’s New Organ Many of you already know of Kevin Bowyer’s interest in the obscure composer, Kaikhosru Sorabji, and you will be pleased that Kevin is bringing his Second Symphony to life in its entirety on … Continue reading

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Prompt Service, Beautiful Editions

Thank you, as usual, for your prompt service, the beautiful editions, and for including the white knit doily [dust cloth] with the note! All best. —Massachusetts, USA

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Organ Pump Revisited

This Organ Shakes Up Oberlin Mark Blanchard sent me this great article from The New York Times about a tradition at Oberlin, the monthly Organ Pump. See my first post of it from 2014. The article here contains an interesting … Continue reading

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Staccato Touch on the Organ

Staccato Touch on the Organ Take a look at organist education in 1931 in context of the instruments from that time. While organists should always listen to the responsiveness of the organs they are playing, it is of interest to … Continue reading

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Preserving A Legacy

You are providing a fantastic service.  There are organ pieces I have been looking for for many years.  I had found a few of them, but the copies were so beat up I couldn’t read them. It seems that once … Continue reading

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The Felgemaker in Mount Zion Baptist

The History of One of Asheville’s Oldest Pipe Organs Read Timothy Burkhardt’s brief and interesting article on the history of the Felgemaker in Mount Zion Baptist in Asheville, North Carolina. The last two paragraphs tell a story with which we’re … Continue reading

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